Additional Resources

Origins of New York City's Immigrants
by Steven Thomas

To most people, New York City is like the ultimate city of immigrants, but do you know the origins of New York City's Immigrants? We gathered the top 20 countries of origin of New York City's Foreign-Born Population over the past 50 years, guess which one took the majority 50 years ago?

Facts and History of the Empire State Building
by Steven Thomas

The skyline of New York City is very unique. From a distance you can make out various tall and differently shaped buildings. But, one of the most unique and iconic building in New York City is the Empire State Building.

The Statue of Liberty and Famous US Landmarks
by Steven Thomas

There are many amazing landmarks all throughout the United States of America, and each one has an incredible story to tell. From the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty, this nation is full of fascinating sights to see, some of them made by nature and others by people. No matter where you live, you're sure to find an amazing sight not too far away.

Safety Tips for Boats and Cruises
by Steven Thomas

Anything can happen out on the open water, so the need for and importance of safety on both smaller boats and cruise ships can't be understated. If you're on a cruise, you're likely to be focused on the fun outings, the drinks, and the excursions, but it's key to remember some crucial safety tips as you head onto the cruise or boat.

Famous Historical Ships: Warships to Cruise Ships
by Steven Thomas

Maritime vessels have evolved significantly since the first boats were created to venture out onto the waters. From manually propelled boats to majestic vessels with towering masts and sails, the history of ships can be a fascinating study. Ships often have a wide and varied past, whether they have been involved in military battles or have a story to tell about the passengers they have carried. Some ships have gone down in history for their unfortunate demise at the hands of nature or foreign aggression.

History of Ellis Island
by Steven Thomas

Between the years of 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island served as a portal for immigrants seeking entrance to the United States. This tiny island located in New York Harbor sits adjacent to the Statue of Liberty and the New Jersey coast. Initially, Ellis Island covered 3.3 acres, but over time, it was expanded to encompass 27.5 acres of land, some of which came from soil excavated during the construction of New York City's extensive subway system. Prior to its designation as an immigration station, Ellis Island was known for its oyster beds and shad runs. Samuel Ellis was owner of the island during the 1770s, and it also was a spot where pirates congregated and served as an ordnance depot before it became an immigration station.